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April 2021

As ambitious plans for the transformation of North Shields, at the mouth of the river Tyne, have been approved, North East real estate experts at RA Jackson & Son share their view on what the Ambition for North Shields master plan will mean for the local community and the wider coastal region.

The project will aim to create a vibrant town centre, combining living, working and retail space with easy connectivity to the increasingly popular Fish Quay, home to a new influx of breweries, coffee shops, gastropubs and restaurants to complement the traditional fish & chips takeaways and seafood retailers. Included in the plan are housing developments at Northumberland Square, the redevelopment of Unicorn House and the restoration of the Wooden Dolly statue. 

Richard Fenwick, Partner at RA Jackson, commented “We’re delighted to see the approval of the master plan which will accelerate the re-imagining of North Shields into an increasingly desirable destination to live, work and play. RA Jackson & Son have proudly operated in North Shields for nearly 200 years and support the recent transformation of the area. We have been delighted to welcome some new and dynamic businesses and entrepreneurs who have chosen to locate here.” 

Fellow Partner at RA Jackson & Son, James Barlow, adds “We’ve been seeing an increased demand for residential and commercial property in North Shields, including the Fish Quay, as buyers and prospective tenants look beyond the more traditional hot spots of Whitley Bay and Tynemouth for a coastal lifestyle, surrounded by plentiful amenities.” 

He adds, “across all of our commercial and residential properties, both for sale and rent, we are witnessing a coastal boom with Zoopla documenting the larger North Shields area increasing by 16.82% and Whitley Bay increasing by 13.81% over the past 5 years. I believe North Shields and the wider coastal region has some of the highest potential to attract everyone from first-time buyers, families, retirees to independent businesses who will all benefit from the enhanced connectivity and quality premises together with a bustling riverside and coastal community.”

RA Jackson & Son manage many commercial properties in the local area which accommodate tenants who are making such a positive contribution to our community, including a war veteran who has recently opened a café, Operation Veteran in North Shields to support fellow veterans with a place to meet and re-train, Request a Guest offering creative prints and invitations for every occasion in Whitley Bay, and the newly refurbished, award-winning Elder and Wolf on Whitley Road. 

RA Jackson & Son are Chartered Surveyors, residential and commercial property agents and RICS registered valuers that have been providing property advice since 1830. Based in North Shields, R A Jackson & Son specialise in the North Tyneside coast and the wider North East region. 


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